Establishing Workflow

Another use of the initial photography is to employ the photographs to establish a workflow scheme for the paleoimaging study. The paleoimager should be with the photographer as these images are obtained. For example, the paleoimager may point out a specific area or location that may work well for the placement of a portable darkroom. The photographs can later be used to explain and communicate the thought process behind the establishment of the workflow for the particular project. The photographs may also serve to provide an assessment of the relationship between and among structural features at the research site. Once the instrumentation is set up, additional workflow documentation is required.

Another aspect of workflow as it relates to photography is the role of the photographer during the paleoimaging procedures. A good photographer knows what photographs are required and how to get those photographs without being intrusive. In fact, if it's a good photographer aware of and familiar with the workflow pattern, you may never know the photographer is there. This "invisibility" is dependent on the skill and experience of the photographer. If the photographer is a permanent member of the paleoimaging team, workflow patterns and relationships may develop naturally. With each team member focused on his or her individual unique tasks, enhanced workflow can mean increased efficiency with less loss of time waiting for a particular photograph to be taken.

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